Dragon funding raised by MP
Bendigo Weekly
FEDERAL Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has spoken in parliament about the Bendigo Chinese Association’s campaign for a new dragon to replace an ageing Sun Loong. Speaking in the final week of parliament before Easter and the federal budget, Ms Chesters this week said while many Aust..
31-Mar-2017
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Great gain for stupa - VIDEO
Sharon Kemp
A STATE government funding commitment for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion at Myers Flat will take the 15 year-long project close to completion in time for the 2018 installation of the Jade Buddha. At the Great Stupa to announce the $2.5 million in funding yesterday, regional developm..
24-Mar-2017
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Alert halts drug deaths
Sharon Kemp
THERE has been no further overdoses caused by a suspected bad batch of heroin following warnings last Friday from Bendigo emergency and community health services. The batch is believed to have claimed the lives of three Bendigo people this month and caused other non-fatal overdoses. Ben..
24-Mar-2017
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$2.5 million boost for stupa - VIDEO
Sharon Kemp
THE Great Stupa of Universal Compassion’s status as a major international tourist attraction will be increased, with $2.5 million in funding to be announced today. The funding will be delivered through a regional tourism infrastructure fund to ensure its structural completion. The ..
24-Mar-2017
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Bank to close Pall Mall branch
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Bank will close its Pall Mall branch on April 21, almost 13 years after it moved to the prominent city corner, but the ATMs will remain in the window facing the main street. The bank has written to customers notifying them of the branch closure. A bank spokesperson said a recent..
24-Mar-2017
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Stadium bids for pokies
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Stadium Limited has lodged an application for a major redevelopment of The Wellington at Botanical Gardens Hotel in White Hills which would include 44 poker machines. Plans for the multi-million dollar project were lodged with the City of Greater Bendigo on Wednesday, and include con..
24-Mar-2017
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Trees make a link
Sharon Kemp
STANDING two 600-year-old scar trees at Ulumbarra is the culmination of more than two years of work, and links two multi-million-dollar projects, and indigenous culture to European infrastructure. The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation identified the trees – a river red gum a..
21-Dec-2016
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Backhaus estate sold with estates business
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has sold its trusts and estates businesses administered by Sandhurst Trustees, which includes the expansive Backhaus estate. Melbourne-based Equity Trustees notified the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday morning it had bought the businesses for $5 million and woul..
19-Dec-2016
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Concentration urged near roadworks
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Highway Patrol officers blame lack of concentration for more drivers speeding than those who don’t through 80 kilometre an hour roadworks at the Ravenswood Interchange. Police are urging drivers to switch the focus on and turn off cruise control well before speed limits reduce ..
16-Dec-2016
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Past conduct bites new council
Sharon Kemp
POOR conduct continues to shadow the new City of Greater Bendigo council with an independent arbiter’s report ruling this month on bullying and harrassment claims made about behaviour during meetings in January, April and May this year. The rulings involve current councillor James Will..
09-Dec-2016
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Precinct provides early gift for college
Joel Peterson
MARIST College is readying to open an $8 million Christmas present, with the school’s multi-use community and sports facility to be complete before the end of the year. The project is joint-funded by Marist and the City of Greater Bendigo, and will be used by the school and community u..
09-Dec-2016
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Light up time for Christmas tree
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Summer in the Parks will kick off tonight with the lighting of the Christmas tree family event in Rosalind Park. The Summer in the Parks Program features a range of free or low cost events during December, January and February. Parks and reserves across Greater Bendigo will co..
02-Dec-2016
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Cool clutch bags prize
Bendigo Weekly
Suzanne Carroll has beaten tough competition and has been announced winner of the Regional Pitchfest in Bendigo on Wednesday. The event was held at The Engine Room where the top five finalists presented their big innovative ideas to a live audience. A panel of judges..
24-Nov-2016
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Council to trial digital bike port
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is using its own staff as guinea pigs to try out a digital bike parking scheme that one day could be rolled out to the public. The idea behind Cycleport is that staff members ride a bike to appointments, rather than booking out a car. It is also an experiment ..
18-Nov-2016
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Liacos is gallery chairman
Sharon Kemp
THE challenge for the Bendigo Art Gallery will be to keep raising the bar for regional galleries, says the new chairman of the gallery board, Stan Liacos. “You should never be complacent, this community has brought the gallery to great heights but you cannot take your eye off the ball,..
17-Nov-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
ACROSS Australia today one minute of silence will be observed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day provides many opportunities for veterans and families to seek links to their heritage and to ensure the ideals of peace and freedom gained by the supreme sacrifice is neve..
10-Nov-2016
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Trams on hair line
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge this year and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches throughout the month in order to fundraise for men’s health issues. “Men’s health is important to us at the tramways as we have a bunch of guys..
03-Nov-2016
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Sustainability on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group has won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in this year’s awards for its diverse region-wide work in sustainability. The group is a community organisation that brings together a diverse range of people with a shared interest in sustainable l..
27-Oct-2016
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Prevention the main aim
Bendigo Weekly
AN initiative to raise funds to support local grass-roots violence prevention programs and projects launched this week. Equity Prevents Violence is appealing to the public to help them reach their $18,000 fundraising goal for the year. The group is a partnership between Community Found..
24-Nov-2016
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Pool action heats up
Bendigo Weekly
Pools across Greater Bendigo are opening for the summer season. Brennan Park, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote and Marong pools will open on Sunday. Golden Square and White Hills pools will open on Saturday November 26, followed by Elmore and Goornong Pools on Saturday December 3 and Raywood poo..
17-Nov-2016
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Walk for Beccky
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo walkers will unite on Sunday to raise funds for kidney health research and to remember one of their own, Beccky Johns. Beccky died in November last year from complications associated with kidney disease. Beccky’s mum Sue, dad Paul and sister Tara, have invited everyone in ..
10-Nov-2016
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Drama at the cinema
Bendigo Weekly
A new feature film by two Victorian sisters, Sophie and Dominique Mathisen, is coming to Bendigo this month. Drama, set entirely in Paris and London, celebrates the value of friendships that often outlast the relationships with those that share our beds. “These days you are less like..
02-Nov-2016
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School highlights good mental health
Bendigo Weekly
Weeroona College Bendigo focused on mental health this week with the help of Livin. Livin is a registered charity, non-profit organisation that was founded to wipe out the stigma on mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention. The week included presentations to the school ..
27-Oct-2016
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Radio group rides
Bendigo Weekly
A local group is hopping into the saddle to raise some much-needed cash. The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club, Pedal Radio Group, is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge during October to fight kids’ cancer. Their goal is to ride 2000 kilometres t..
20-Oct-2016
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Morris is no minor
Simon Wooldridge
Forever associated with the 1960s psychedelic classic The Real Thing, Russell Morris’s career stretches back more than 50 years> Variously described as both legend and icon, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Morris makes a very welcome return to Bendigo on Frid..
05-Jan-2017
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The year that was
Simon Wooldridge
You won’t find “vibranter” in the dictionary, however it perfectly describes what happened to the Bendigo music scene this year; a vibrant scene got vibranter. There were many 2016 highlights for me. But I’ll start with Groovin The Moo. Well it wasn’t actually ..
21-Dec-2016
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Party on all levels
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer. Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at th..
16-Dec-2016
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Roll on Riverboats
Simon Wooldridge
A weekend on the river in Echuca over a late summer weekend is appealing enough on its own. Add-in an eclectic mix of some of Australia’s leading musical performers and you have a very enticing weekend in store. The Hoodoo Gurus join James Reyne, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen in headlin..
08-Dec-2016
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Cooler than playing sport
Simon Wooldridge
An interesting night of alt-indie-rock is set to unfold next Saturday, December 10 at the Golden Vine when the Dead Lurkers, The Psychouts, and Starman Dives come together for a one night residency. The Dead Lurkers’ offbeat psychobilly-garage-punk ruminations on 19th century Australian li..
02-Dec-2016
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One off from Ruteger
Simon Wooldridge
Ruteger is a name to conjure up good memories for Bendigonians of a certain vintage. The band formed in 1997 and blazed a power-pop-rock trail for several years before splitting in 2005, citing “musical differences”. Ruteger toured with the tag-line “the coolest thing to ..
24-Nov-2016
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A Golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully has a chance to realise a dream 17 years in the making this weekend when it faces Mandurang in the 2016/17 Emu Valley Cricket Association division one grand final at Ewing Park. The Cobras entered the league in 2000 and have largely been starved of success, winning just a single..
17-Mar-2017
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Déjà-Roo for BUCCs
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat and Bendigo United will play for the second time in as many games when a fascinating Bendigo District Cricket Association finals series begins on Saturday. The Roos and Redbacks meet again – this time at Dower Park – while Eaglehawk hosts Strathdale Maristians in..
17-Mar-2017
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Footy highlights weekend feast
Joel Peterson
THE long weekend saw Bendigo play host to a feast of sport across several codes. The biggest event for the week was at the QEO, where 8399 fans flocked to see Essendon take on Geelong in the AFL’s JLT Community Series. Fittingly, the Cats got the cream after erasing a 40-point half..
17-Mar-2017
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Rivals meet in bowls decider
Joel Peterson
FOR the third straight season, Bendigo will meet Bendigo East in Sunday’s Bendigo Pennant Bowls division one grand final. East won through to the final in a thrilling clash with South Bendigo that went down to the final end, and will meet Bendigo in a rematch of the semi-fi..
17-Mar-2017
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Roos continue their winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
KANGAROO Flat has been crowned Victoria’s inaugural league challenge winners after a brilliant showing last weekend. The BFNL A-grade premiers of 2016, the Roos defeated Drouin in Sunday’s final 22-20. The tournament was the first that Netball Victoria has run, and invited pr..
17-Mar-2017
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Building on success
Bendigo Weekly
REIGNING Bendigo Football Netball League senior premier Sandhurst has joined forces with Metricon in a deal that will see the Queen Elizabeth Oval re-named for three years. Sandhurst football and netball home games from season 2017 will be played at Metricon QEO in a major partnership betwee..
17-Mar-2017
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Fruit tops 1000kg
Bendigo Weekly
THE McKern Foundation backed Fresh Fruit Fridays initiative has reached an important milestone, with organisers confirming the supply of up to 1000 kilograms of fruit to local schools each week. Since the program’s inception in May 2015, the tally of schools throughout central and nort..
03-Nov-2016
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Filipino Fiesta a fundraiser for community
Bendigo Weekly
A Filipino Fiesta in Hargreaves Mall next month is all for a good cause, supporting communities destroyed by a typhoon three years ago. On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded made its landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. Within hours, Typhoon Haiyan, ..
27-Oct-2016
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Martyn program is just the job
Bendigo Weekly
The Year 8 Martyn Program students at Catholic College Bendigo have gone public with the projects they have developed around their personal skills and passions. From dressmaking and woodwork to hand-made bikes, computers, sheep shearing, films, stories and more – it was all on show fo..
20-Oct-2016
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Garden trees for the chop
Bendigo Weekly
TWENTY-FOUR diseased Italian pencil pine trees will be removed from the entry promenade at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills in coming weeks. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Debbie Wood said the trees which were planted in 2000 are suffering from cypress canker – a funga..
13-Oct-2016
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Bloke lunch a goer
Bendigo Weekly
PREPARATIONS for this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch are in full swing, with this year’s event to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 12 noon. The Bendigo Weekly-backed event starts with the traditional outdoor barbecue lunch, before guests move inside to ..
06-Oct-2016
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Towel a fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bendigo is being asked to get on board with a fundraising appeal to help those living with the insidious disease. The so called Little Blue Towel might not seem like much, but each packet sold will help those diagnosed with breast cancer spend tim..
06-Oct-2016
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Bendigo on the web
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website is placing Bendigo front and centre on the internet. Bendigo entrepreneurs Dale Harris and Bryley Savage have created an online platform to find local products, so you can buy directly from the maker, or buy from your local store. “We all want to support local busines..
10-Nov-2016
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TAFE on course to learn
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo TAFE is kicking off a new suite of hospitality, tourism and events courses. The courses will provide Bendigo learners with local access to training, work placements, industry networking and pathways to career opportunities. Bendigo TAFE’s chief executive Trevor Schwenke ..
03-Nov-2016
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Surgery a lifesaver
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health has implanted the first polymer stent that reabsorbs into the body and completely disappears after two years. The cardiology unit at Bendigo Hospital has used metal stents since the device became part of the mainstream treatment of heart disease, but the metal version stays in..
27-Oct-2016
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New PEAK for Sports Star
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO based PEAK Sport Australia is one of the founding sponsors of a new scholarship program aimed at helping emerging athletes from central and northern Victoria further their sporting careers. The scholarship program is an initiative of the Bendigo Sports Star Awards committee. PEAK..
20-Oct-2016
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Set for the show
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK primary school students have been getting their hands dirty for the Bendigo Agricutural Show. Held over two days, Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, the event has encouraged the school to make wheelbarrow gardens. They are no ordinary gardens though, p..
13-Oct-2016
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Bank buys in to WA home loans
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has bought $1.4 billion of home loans in Western Australia, and added 6000 new customers to its existing 1.5 million. The bank this week reassured investors the mortgages it bought from the WA government-owned Keystart Housing Scheme Trust, which typically lent to f..
06-Oct-2016
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Blood bank tips a race for donations
Bendigo Weekly
WITH the Bendigo Cup over for another year the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned the race that stops the nation could also stop vital blood donations. The Bendigo Blood Donor Centre needs more donors to roll up their sleeves until November 2 with more than 50 appointments still..
27-Oct-2016
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Night of vintage glamour
Bendigo Weekly
YOU can step back in time with the Eaglehawk Community House with their vintage fashion parade at the end of this month. MC for the evening will be Kerry Lorenz, who recently starred as Judy Garland in the fabulous musical Boy from Oz. Kerry featured dresses from Lyn Asling’s Pan..
20-Oct-2016
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100 years at BSE
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO South East will host a Centenary Celebration Day on Saturday to recognise the 100 year history of the college. The aim is to reconnect past staff and students, demonstrate development of the facilities and build the BSE alumni for the years to come. In August 1916, the first sch..
20-Oct-2016
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Upgrade for track
Joel Peterson
WITH the Bendigo line out of action until the end of October, V/Line is taking the opportunity to complete $46 million of works on the Bendigo rail corridor. Work including replacement of level crossings is under way on the lines through to Swan Hill and Echuca, with major work at Taradale o..
14-Oct-2016
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Music on the move
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was in Bendigo this week for a performance at Ulumbarra Theatre Ahead of their performance, musicians from the orchestra will took part in workshops with schools in the area including Lockwood Primary School. As the MSO loves Bendigo so much, the musician..
06-Oct-2016
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TAFE gears up
Bendigo Weekly
Automotive students from Bendigo and its surrounds can look forward to a whole new training experience at Bendigo TAFE Charleston Road campus. On October 12, upgraded automotive facilities featuring across-the-board improvements will be unveiled for the first time. Students and industry..
28-Sep-2016
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
A 10-year-old boy is missing, a family is grieving and a tiny, isolated community on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is being torn apart by suspicion and blame. Five years ago Max Wheeler disappeared while having an overnight camping adventure alone on Priest’s Island, a speck of private la..
03-Nov-2016
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All paths cross in Rome
Rosalea Ryan
Septuagenarian British sisters-in-law Lizzie and Constance are in Rome on a mission: to scatter Henry’s ashes into the River Tiber. American Alec and Australian Meg are equally focused – in their case, on finding the elusive source of a specific blue tile for their unhappy marital ho..
27-Oct-2016
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Relationships tested
Rosalea Ryan
ASK anybody outside southern Africa to name a famous Botswanan and almost invariably they will respond with “that Precious woman – you know, the one in the book”. Much of the world knows little about day-to-day happenings in Botswana yet millions of readers are relatively familiar ..
20-Oct-2016
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Travel tales
Rosalea Ryan
MANCHESTER native Georgia is intelligent, successful and happily in love. Her relationships are solid; her career is booming. This has not always been the case. Only 12 months ago Georgia was suffering from a bout of severely wounded pride, cut adrift by a two-timing fiancé and left emoti..
13-Oct-2016
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Wrong place, right time
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN I have a class reunion kind of thing, we just have a beer; we don’t, like, tackle terrorists or anything. The voice is unmistakable: Barack Obama. It’s late August 2015 and, huddled over an iPhone in northern France, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are being congratulated by t..
06-Oct-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-2016
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